This journey began when I was a young performer and everything about “the business” was a mystery. If I met a Broadway performer or professional musician, it seemed that one day they were taking class and the next day, poof!, they were performing on Broadway. I thought, this is NOT that simple. And surprise…I was right! I created Believe NYC to fill in the gaps for young artists who may be interested in pursuing a career in theatre, dance or music. On a mission to inspire young performers, I teamed up with extraordinary oboist Keve Wilson and we created two one woman shows that tell the ups, downs and in-betweens of pursuing a life in the arts. We keep it REAL… this business is inspiring and amazing and wonderful, but it is NOT a walk in the park! Starting out in elementary school and tracing our journeys through college and beyond, we give students an opportunity to relate to our dreams, triumphs and our failures. We encourage students to visualize their own future artistic possibilities and give them the inspiration to get started!
Once our shows were up and running, I knew Believe NYC could do more. We wanted a way to give young performers an opportunity to perform in a world class venue, while also doing something kind for the community. Enter Arts for Autism. Arts for Autism is a three day event in New York that culminates in a starry Broadway show at the Gershwin Theatre. Students are joined by dozens of Broadway stars to raise awareness and acceptance for those affected by autism. And, they all get to make their Broadway debuts!
The success of Arts for Autism has led us to the development of our Hope for the Holidays album recording in Nashville to support Wounded Warrior Project. And we will launch our newest venture, the New Voices Festival at Lincoln Center celebrating women in the arts in 2021!
What started out as my cabaret show for an audience of about 60 people has transformed into something I never could have imagined. So far, over 18,000 students have participated in Believe NYC events from all over North America.
We know not every student that sees a Believe NYC show will pursue the arts as a career, but we hope they take with them the lesson that resilience, determination, and passion are vital to any goal you set and that being a kind human should always come first. I hope to see you soon at a Believe NYC event!